American Public Media
  • Marketplace - 16GA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary:


Americans spend a third of our day at work (if we're lucky). We find love and make friends. We develop an identity - and sometimes change it over and over.


What does it mean to work today? From whether the #metoo movement is playing out differently among hourly and low-wage workers than it is among high-wattage Hollywood and political circles to whether the GOPs' tax cuts will lead to more employment and higher wages or just bigger bonuses for executives at the top of the income ladder to whether you really want Alexa listening to you all the time at the office as well as home... Marketplace is seeking a clever and enterprising reporter to help Marketplace's audience follow and understand how the nature of work and workplaces are changing and dig into the big picture of what jobs and workplaces look like in today's economy.


It's an exciting time to join Marketplace. We are an industry leader in telling meaningful and creative stories on the radio heard by over 14 million weekly listeners, and we're evolving into a multi-media enterprise centered around the ambition of raising the economic intelligence of all Americans. Marketplace is an ambitious shop, fueled by ambitious ideas. This is a place of creativity and unorthodox thinking. We don't take ourselves too seriously, even though we understand the critical importance of people understanding how the economy shapes the world around us.  


The ideal candidate is someone who has proven radio reporting abilities, and who has a passion for reporting business and financial news in Marketplace's explanatory and accessible style.


The reporter will spend a portion of his/her time on general assignment, so we place a premium on candidates with solid contacts and an ability to offer an insightful take on the day's business news in sound-rich packages, in live interviews, in long-form articles, and in timely digital posts. The successful candidate will have mastered pitching original ideas in multiple formats across a variety of platforms.  Ideally, s/he has a developed presence in social media.


The location for this position is flexible. Los Angeles, CA or New York, NY are preferred.


This position will be either a Reporter II OR Senior Reporter -level position depending upon the most qualified candidate's experience. The Senior Reporter is a higher-level position that varies from the Reporter II level to include the following attributes in addition to those outlined under "Position Responsibility":


  • Brings complicated ideas to air with little need for direction.
  • Regularly sets fresh directions in stories.
  • Determines processes, approaches, and resources needed for a given project/assignment.
  • Adapts procedures to accomplish more complex tasks.
  • Trains and is available for substitute hosting.
  • Serves as lead on special projects/series.


This posting has an extended application deadline of February 4, 2018 (10pm PST).


Position Responsibility:

  • Pitch and report ideas for daily spots, features and digital elements on business and money for all Marketplace platforms, including shows and
  • Conceptually understand the difference between a digital story and audio story and be able to deliver the same story for different platforms.
  • Cover a variety of assignments and develop an area of expertise.
  • Produce for website with writing and photography (supplying additional audio, visual material, related Web resources).
  • Work as our early filer reporter for Marketplace Morning Report, as needed.
  • Deliver substantive reports quickly on varied subjects as shows need.
  • Ready to train to deliver live reports and host 2-ways.
  • Consistently deliver stories with Marketplace's writing style and pace.
  • Develop ideas/proposals for reports and programs, both by the reporter and by other reporters, hosts and commentators.
  • Gather information and audio for reports and programs.
  • Report special projects/series.
  • Produce or assist in producing special programming, as assigned.
  • Operate production and studio equipment and facilities.
  • Assist other reporters, producers and editors with information.
  • Maintain a wide variety of sources.
  • Other duties as assigned, including meetings and other events.


Required Experience and Education:

  • BA degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Reporter II Level: 5+ years reporting or similar experience. Some experience at a national level preferred. Experience in reporting workplace culture preferred.


  • Senior Reporter Level: 7+ years reporting or similar experience. Most experience should be at a national level. Experience in reporting workplace culture preferred.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to deliver consistently stories with program writing style and pace.
  • Develop signature sound of voice and writing.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects.
  • Ability to guide the work of an intern.
  • Depth of knowledge and experience within a specialization are important but breadth in terms of general industry knowledge is required.
  • Pitch original ideas and turn them into stories.
  • Superlative oral and written skills with ability to deliver originality in writing.
  • Capacity to deliver quick turn-around reporting.
  • Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes and strong knowledge of subject matter.
  • Finds unexpected angles in stories, even in saturated topics.
  • Ability to handle broad variety of complex assignments.
  • Ability to deliver top-quality stories.
  • Ability to set fresh directions in stories - think outside the box.
  • Knowledge of various process approaches and necessary resources for a given project/assignment.
  • Demonstrated reporting and production skills.
  • Ability to maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of balance and fairness.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Skill in creative use of sound, writing and storytelling.
  • Ability to develop mastery of all recording and production equipment and techniques.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments of short and long duration.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Radio reporting experience
  • National reporting experience
  • Coverage of issued related to workplace culture  
  • Digital production expertise


Reporting To This Position:   None  


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Physical Demands:
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
  • Working Conditions:
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.
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